R.N. Morris

About me

Author of four historical mysteries published by Faber and Faber: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames. The novels are set in nineteenth century St Petersburg – the St Petersburg of Dostoevsky – and feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment.

A Vengeful Longing was short-listed for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel, runner-up in New York Magazine’s Culture Awards for 2008 in the best thriller category, and Highly Commended for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Novel Award 2008 (as was A Razor Wrapped in Silk in 2010).

Now working on a new historical crime series set in the turbulent years before the First World War, featuring a new detective, Silas Quinn. The first in the series, Summon Up The Blood, was published in April 2012. The Mannequin House is due December 2012.

From my website

Why do we do it?

I’m talking about writing. I mean, no one makes us do it. Us writery people. It’s hard work. No, really, you non-writery people, it is. A slog, most of the time. Back-breaking. Well, maybe not back-breaking, but certainly butt-expanding. And mostly thankless toil. The financial rewards, unless you’re one of…

Interview with the composer

The internet is a marvellous thing. There is all sorts of stuff out there. Including this interview with composer Ed Hughes, who talks about the opera we created together When The Flame Dies. You can view the video on  Sussex University’s Reframe website here. Or if my embedding works, it should be visible…

A crime against blogging

Ah, my poor neglected blog. If this blog was a dog it would be rescued by the RSPCB (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Blogs). This blog is the equivalent of a starving mange-ridden dog kept chained to a post in a dirty back yard, its fur matted,…

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